cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv, -ziv\

Definition of corrosive

1 : tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids corrosive action the corrosive effects of alcoholism
2 : bitingly sarcastic corrosive satire

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Other Words from corrosive

corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Examples of corrosive in a Sentence

She argues that racism is dangerous and corrosive to society. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers

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Sobering details: In concentrations over 11%, acetic acid can burn skin and cause eye damage, and concentrations of 20% and above are corrosive to tin, aluminum, iron, and concrete and can even cause blindness. Margaret Roach, Good Housekeeping, "Why It Can Be Dangerous to Use Vinegar to Kill Weeds," 15 Aug. 2018 Clearly there’s a line between the basic banter that makes daily coexistence possible, and gossip that could reasonably have negative, or even corrosive, consequences. New York Times, "Your Job Is More Intense. Your Pay and Title Haven’t Kept Up.," 25 May 2018 Yet some children who live in the same areas seem to be shielded from crime’s corrosive effects. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Resilient Teens in a Dangerous World," 12 Dec. 2018 Like stainless steel, glass straws won't absorb any flavors or smells from your drink and are non-corrosive. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "A List of the Best Reusable Straws Because It's Time to Ditch the Plastic Ones," 26 July 2018 Publicly, at least, the leakiest White House in modern history is now admitting that leaks from within are a major and corrosive problem. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Trump attacks leaking 'cowards' as anonymous sources undermine White House," 16 May 2018 Debris may contain a highly toxic and corrosive substance called hydrazine. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Tracking Chinese space station: Pieces may fall in Michigan," 29 Mar. 2018 Debris from the station could be hazardous, though, as the craft is carrying a highly toxic and corrosive substance called hydrazine. Kale Williams,, "Rogue space station crashing to earth could litter Oregon with space trash," 28 Mar. 2018 My two cents: Ignore your friends' ignorant and corrosive attitudes and focus on enjoying your relationship. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My friends can’t seem to accept that I’m happily dating a younger man," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of corrosive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corrosive

Middle English corrosif, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, from Latin corrōsus, past participle of corrōdere "to gnaw, corrode" + -īvus -ive

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English Language Learners Definition of corrosive

: causing damage to metal or other materials through a chemical process

: causing someone or something to become weak and damaged


cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv, -ziv\

Kids Definition of corrosive

: tending or able to destroy, weaken, or wear away little by little corrosive substances


cor·​ro·​sive | \ -ˈrō-siv, -ziv \

Medical Definition of corrosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids a corrosive gas

Other Words from corrosive

corrosiveness noun



Medical Definition of corrosive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that corrodes : caustic

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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